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Dookie Rail Trail

Victoria - North

4 based on 8 reviews
Location: North East Victoria, 220km from Melbourne
Length: 8 km
Surface: Sealed
Start / End: Dookie to Dookie
Public Transport: Bus, Train
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • Horse RidingHorse Riding
  • PramsPrams
  • Scooters and Inline SkatesScooters and Inline Skates
  • WalkingWalking
  • WheelchairsWheelchairs

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
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  • A short, easy, flat trail with an asphalt surface centred around the small town of Dookie that provides good views of farmland
  • Accessible, suitable for most people
  • Dookie is a small farming town nestled among low hills between Shepparton and Benalla

Nearby Attractions

  • Village atmosphere with coffee shop and pub.
  • Nearby agricultural college
  • Mt Major walking track
  • Tallis Wines cellar door and Correa Rock walk.

Last updated: 13 December 2023

Relatively short trail, traversing classic Australian farming landscape.

The start of the trail just to the east of the large grain silos is not hard to find in the small town of Dookie. The trail extends both ways from this point. There are toilets here.

Options

  • Marie St to Treacy Rd along the rail trail (5.5km)
  • Treacy Rd to Marie St via Chateau Rd (8.7km)
  • Treacy Rd to Marie St via McCormack Rd, Wrens Quarry-Dookie Rd and McDonald Rd (14.7km)

Section Guides

Section A:  Dookie-Treacy Rd (5km)

  • The trail heads north through open farmland with rolling hills in the distance.
  • The wide, sealed surface makes it accessible to all, and it fits in with a system of trails being built in the area
  • Volunteer groups have installed interpretive signage, historical markers and a shelter
  • Revegetation efforts are paying off, and there is a birdwatcher’s logbook to record sightings

Section B: Dookie toward Cosgrove  (3.2km)

  • The trail runs west toward Cosgrove and Shepparton, finishing at Conway Rd.
  • It is of a similar standard to Section A.

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8 reviews of “Dookie Rail Trail”

This is another nice little trail in a small village. We checked out the north section, which mainly runs between a shady avenue of trees most of the way. It would be good to see it continue on further to make it a longer ride.
The short section towards Shepparton is a rail side trail. The tracks are still in situ, maybe there is a chance of reopening the line.
Dookie is a nice little town with a very large antique store and coffee shop.

A lovely little trail. We parked in town and did the north section which has lots of signs and markers covering the settlement of the area as well as some art work in the paddock. In town there are a couple of painted small silos and a lovely green grass park to look around.  Heading out to the west the gravel path travels beside the railway track which is complete and in good condition.
Thanks Dookie, you have really got into the spirit of rail trails and made it more interesting.

I rode this trail yesterday and it was for the most part in good condition. Much of it is paved and the rest is covered in good quality fine topping. This is quite unusual. There is good signage and a defined entry point.
I have ridden around 8 trails this week and this is by far the best.

It’s four years since we rode this rail trail and wow, it has improved! The trees have all grown and more have been planted. As well as all the interesting things referred to in our last comment (21/4/2015) this trail now has a pamphlet box at the start, a fitness centre (outdoor gym), bronze plaques at two historical sites (a whistle post & a mile marker) as well as the new, magnificent, historical, information signs. (The first of these signs is at the old station site, near the gardens, on the embankment.) Along the trail there is a receptacle, with a book and pen, to encourage riders to record their wildlife sightings. There’s more to see in the gardens at the start of the trail. There’s an old distance marker there and a working town clock (still chimes) and the four corner posts of its tower are made from railway tracks. The Friends of the rail trail, Dookie Lions’ Club, Dookie Men’s Shed and many others have worked together to make this trail, although only 5km, one of the best. This is definitely a five-star rail trail!

April, 2015 by Wenkle
The Dookie Rail Trail is only 5.5 kms. long – so far – but so picturesque and interesting! We have ridden it several times and the surrounding hills and country side change with the seasons – and often look like a patchwork quilt. This Trail is especially good for beginners and families, as it’s not too hard for young children and it’s not too far between things to look out for. The Trail starts in Dookie, at a lovely park with amenities, playground, bbqs and picnic facilities. The Trail is flanked with native trees, goes through a cutting and over 2 bidges, has distance posts (at 1 km. intervals) and many seats. It now also boasts a shelter, built in an old railways theme, as are the distance posts. There are plans to extend this Trail to Cosgrove and also for historical, flora & fauna signage. When the much anticipated Cosgrove section is constructed, no doubt the many Dookie Rail Trail enthusiasts will make riding in the opposite direction as interesting as this first section. We thoroughly recommend this Rail Trail to everyone to either ride or walk!

Rode the Dookie trail late Saturday 13th December 2014, best time to ride this trail as the setting sun adds great colour to the surrounding farmland – especially given everything is so yellow and dry because of summer. Very short trail – and just ends with no highlight. I would recommend taking one of the road options back, to get a good feel for the country side.

Passing through the area I decided to check out this short Rail Trail. A neat little trail with plenty of views of the surrounding hills and wheat fields. Possibly not the trail that you would travel especially to do, but worth the effort if you are in the Shepparton area and combine it with other rides and trails of the district. The trail finishes around Yabba South, and it would be good if it could continue to Katamatite. I think that people would then travel the trail just to find out what the names of Dookie, Katamatite, Youanmite and Yabba are all about. They all sound very interesting. History is required at Dookie to show users what the Railway was all about in the district. Please continue the work, it should pay off.

Gary

My hubby and I just did the Gorgeous Dookie Rail Trail,
The early morning air was fresh and smelled of the recently harvested wheat, a real treat for the senses.
The trail itself was both very relaxing and interesting it felt like we were just meandering through the past as we had freshly harvested fields on both sides, the ones disappearing over the hills looked particularly lovely and beckoned us to see where they ended.
At the end of the trail we followed a suggested circuit route and found ourselves experiencing a real sense of adventure, passing tucked in farm houses and friendly farmers. The down hill section at the end was great fun, though there was a few cars (very courteous)
Our morning ended back under the big old peppercorn tree at the start of the ride. We will come again when the Antique store and the hotel are open.. Al and Jules

Background Information

Traditional owners

We acknowledge the Yorta Yorta people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.

Development and future of the rail trail

Dookie residents formed the Friends of Dookie Rail Trail group to encourage the City of Greater Shepparton to lease this section of the rail corridor, and the trail was completed in 2010.

The remainder of the former branch line follows a quiet road to Katamatite; there are no plans to build this section at present.

Stage 2 of the Dookie Rail Trail 7km southwest to Cosgrove, alongside the active rail line, was half completed in 2020 and discussions are underway to extend it toward Shepparton.

Rail line history

The branch line from Dookie north to Katamatite was built as a tramway by Yarrawonga Shire in 1890 and taken over by Victorian Railways in 1892. It closed in 1986 and the rails were removed shortly afterward. The line from Shepparton to Dookie is still open for grain trains but has not been used for many years.

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Dookie Trail is now open (VIC) (update)

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